Abstract: The Beck Archives Photograph Collection contains materials which reflect the rich, varied, and vibrant Jewish experience in the Rocky Mountain region, with a special emphasis on Colorado.
Creator: Freidman, Rhoda
Creator: Hoffman, Lillian, 1913-1996
Abstract: Soviet Jews who wanted to emigrate from the Soviet Union were known as "refuseniks." American Jewish students formed the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry (SSSJ) in 1964 and the American Jewish Committee on Soviet Jewry (AJCSI) was also organized that year. Rabbi Samuel Adelman, rabbi of the BMH synagogue, spoke at Temple Emanuel and urged the liberal congregation to help Soviet Jews. Rabbi Raymond Zwerin, Sheldon Steinhauser, and Lillian Hoffman formed what became the Colorado Committee of Concern for Soviet Jewry (CCCSJ). The three founders were later joined Rhoda Friedman. Lillian Hoffman was the leading force behind CCCSJ and encouraged the organization to stage public demonstrations. The CCCSJ was the first Jewish group in Denver to have public protests, which ranged from ten to 250 demonstrations. Many in the Denver Jewish establishment did not support public protests and the CCCSJ severed its ties to the ADL in 1976. Internal conflict marred the creation of the Babi Yar Park in Denver by the CCCSJ. In 1970 Rabbi Zwerin resigned from the CCCSJ and Lillian Hoffman resigned from the Babi Yar Park Foundation Committee. The goals of CCCSJ included public education as to the plight of the Soviet Jews, to support Soviet refuseniks in their efforts to emigrate, to help Soviet Jews retain their Jewish heritage, and to organize and promote the CCCSJ goals. The major activities of the CCCSJ included the Adopt-a-Family program and projects for the Soviet Jewish political prisoners known as Prisoners of Conscience (POC). The CCCSJ also educated public officials and U.S. Senator Henry Jackson took up the cause and had impact in a bill to grant special trade status to Russia.
Abstract: The Allied Jewish Community Council of Denver was established in 1949 with goals to unite the Jewish community of Denver and work to coordinate charitable activities and the advancement of the Jewish community in Denver. Collection contains administrative papers, surveys, pamphlets and brochures relating to the Allied Jewish Community Council of Denver.
Abstract: Established in 1912 as the Central Jewish Council in Colorado, the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado is a philanthropic organization supporting Jewish life in Colorado, Israel, and around the world. They later merged with the Jewish Community Foundation to form the organization JEWISHcolorado. This collection includes scrapbooks, photographs and papers related to the Allied Jewish Federation.
Creator: Harsham, Ted E.
Abstract: Jessie Shwayder Harsham (named after her grandfather) is a descendant of the Shwayder family, one of the first Jewish families to settle in Colorado. The first member of the extended family, Abraham Rittmaster, arrived in Colorado in the early 1860s and encouraged other family members, including the Rachofskys, Kobeys, and Shwayders to join him in his successful dry goods enterprise in Central City, Colorado. Some family members migrated to other communities in the state, and the Kobeys became prominent in Aspen as the operators of Kobeys Shoe and Clothing Company. In the early 1900s, Jesse Shwayder opened a small luggage factory in Denver with his father Isaac, and brothers Mark, Maurice, Benjamin, and Solomon. Together they eventually turned it into one of the largest luggage producers in America, the Samsonite Company.
Abstract: Leon and Ella Sobol came from Minnesota to Denver in the early 1900s. In 1908 Ella Sobol signed a lease with Harris Pellish to use his property at 2715 West Colfax for a theatre until 1910. Pellish opened a movie theatre in 1910. Harry Sobol, Leon and Ella's son, Harry married Sarah Gross. Two of their sons were Bill and Maurice Barnard Sobol. The collection consists of a scanned copy of the 1908 lease and 9 scanned photographs. The VHS of Sobol family home films from 1925 to 1949 is in the RMJHS Oral Histories (B098.15.0019.00006.)
Abstract: The collection contains materials intentionally assembled by Beck Archives that are associated with Jewish communities in the western United States and Mexico. The bulk of the material is related to various towns in Colorado.
Abstract: The Allied Jewish Committee is an ethnic advocacy group established in New York in 1906. The Denver office of the AJC opened in 1967 and closed in 2013. This collection primarily contains the records of the El Centro Cultural Project from the Colorado Chapter. The joint project between the Jews and the "Chicanos" existed from 1968 to 1971 when it was discontinued due to financial difficulties and inter-group differences. Hispanic art and culture was emphasized. The opening of the center was the first Cinco de Mayo celebration in Denver. One of the most popular classes was driving instruction.
Abstract: Collection contains two large prints of a family tree of Alter Kalman.
Abstract: Louis Anfenger was typical of the young Jewish men who migrated to the Colorado Territory in the state's formative years. Born in Bavaria, Anfenger came to the United States in the 1850s and moved to Denver in 1870 to seek his fortune. He became a highly successful businessman in the area of real estate as well as a member of the Denver Chamber of Commerce and was later elected to the state legislature in the 1880s. He was a founder of Congregation Emanuel, Denver B'nai B'rith, and National Jewish Hospital. He married Louise Schlesinger Anfenger, and the couple became the parents of eight children, who later also became leaders in the Denver community. His eldest son Milton became a lawyer and a Colorado State Senator in 1904, and his daughter Flora married prominent Denver attorney Philip Hornbein.
The collection includes Louis Anfenger's diary and clothing, needlework, household accessories, furniture, and memorabilia belonging to various members of the extended Anfenger family.